A Shetlanders Fair Isle Graph Book by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers


Handywoman by Kate Davies


The West Highland Way by Kate Davies


The Book of Haps


Yokes by Kate Davies


Colours of Shetland by Kate Davies


Happit by Kate Davies


The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia


The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting with Hazel Tindall


50 Tips from Shetland Knitters


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A Shetlanders Fair Isle Graph Book by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers

In the mid-20th century, Shetland' professional knitters designed and knitted hundreds of Fair Isle garments each year. The knitting charts produced here are from two original design books, which include both Fair Isle and Norwegian-inspired motifs. The charts are aimed at the adventurous knitter, who wishes to be inspired by classic, authentic Shetland Fair Isle patterns and colourways.

Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers was formed in 1988. Members meet most months to provide/enjoy workshops, share knowledge and explore textile related crafts. Guild members also demonstrate their skills when requested. A newsletter is produced regularly, and the Guild has a dedicated group on Ravelry and a Facebook page. Income from the sale of this book will be used by the Guild to promote all aspects of traditional Shetland textile skills.

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Handywoman by Kate Davies

Paralysed by a stroke at the age of 36, Kate Davies' world turned upside-down. Forced to change direction, Kate took a radical new creative path. Handywoman tells this story.

This is not a book about Kate's triumph over adversity. Rather, it is her account of the ordinary activities and everyday objects that stroke and disability made her see differently. From braiding hair for the first time to learning how to knit again; from the lessons of a working-class creative childhood to the support of the contemporary craft community; from the transformative effects of good design to developing a new identity as a disabled walker; in this engaging series of essays, Kate describes how the experience of brain injury allowed her to build a new kind of handmade life. Part memoir, part personal celebration of the power of making, in Handywoman Kate reclaims disability as in itself a form of practical creativity. 

Kate Davies is an award-winning knitwear designer and author writing on many topics from disability and design to textile history and women’s history. She’s published eight books about hand-knitting, lives on the edge of the Scottish Highlands and is inspired by her local landscape every day. 

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The West Highland Way by Kate Davies

Kate Davies and Tom Barr live by Scotland’s best-loved long-distance walking route: the West Highland Way. In this collaborative creative project they celebrate their home, their workplace, and the landscape which inspires them every day. Kate began by creating a collection of twelve hand-knit designs, each with its own distinctive story to tell. Balanced equally between garments and accessories, you might choose to knit a tweedy cardigan which echoes the mossy palette of Conic Hill, a delicate jumper recalling a favourite plant found on Rannoch Moor, or a shawl sparked by the energy of the Highlands’ first “electric village”. Each design is paired with an exploratory essay which sets Kate’s designs and inspiration in their richer context.  From Rob Roy’s romantic (mis)representation to the beautiful songs of Donnchadh Bàn; from Loch Lomond’s built environment to ways of seeing Rannoch Moor, Kate’s writing reveals the West Highland Way as, first and foremost, a social landscape with an important cultural history. Kate’s words and designs are accompanied by Tom’s stunning photography, depicting the West Highland Way in all seasons of the year. 

Why not turn these pages to walk, read and knit with Kate and Tom? Open up this book, join them on their journey, and make your own West Highland Way.

128 pp. Printed by Bell & Bain in Glasgow. 

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The Book of Haps

The Book of Haps

Join Kate Davies, Jen Arnall-Culliford, and a host of renowned designers as they introduce you to the wonderful world of haps.

A hap is a Scottish dialect word for a simple shawl or wrap. Haps have a particular association with the Shetland islands where, for more than a century, they were knitted for everyday wear as well as for sale. Combining textile history with contemporary design, this book explores the story of the hap through five beautifully illustrated essays, and thirteen stunning patterns. While the first part of the book looks to the past for inspiration, exploring the many different contexts in which haps were made and worn, the book’s second half acts as a springboard to the future, as designers from around the world present their own interpretations of the hap.  From Nevada and Finland to Reykjavik, and Burra Isle, the patterns in these pages are as distinctive and varied as their designers’ locales. Haps may well surprise you: they can be square, triangular, or hexagonal, incorporating lace, cables, or colour. Though haps are, by definition, functional, wearable textiles, you’ll find they can also be elegant and fascinating, graphic and abstract. Whatever your knitterly interests, you’ll find the Book of Haps an endless source of inspiration and a canvas for your creativity. 

Contributors:

Jen Arnall-Culliford, Martina Behm, Roslyn Chapman, Kate Davies, Carol Feller, Lucy Hague, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy,  Gudrun Johnston, Hélène Magnússon, Donna Smith, Hazel Tindall, Tom van Deijnen, Veera Välimäki.

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Yokes by Kate Davies

In this exciting new book, writer and designer Kate Davies unravels the tale of one of the Twentieth Century’s most distinctive sweater styles - the circular yoke. From Shetland and Iceland to Canada and Sweden, Kate’s essays and conversations take you on a journey around the North Atlantic, exploring the yoke’s intriguing and often surprising regional narratives.

plus
Further Reading / resources; notes on size fit and modification; a special techniques section
and
eleven signature yoke designs in a wide range of yarn weights and knitting styles.

The majority of designs are graded in ten sizes from 30-50 inches

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Colours of Shetland by Kate Davies

From Edinburgh writer and designer, Kate Davies, comes a book that brings the creative process of hand-knit design to life in an exciting new way. In Colours of Shetland, Kate takes you on a northern journey, exploring wild and beautiful island landscapes through words, projects and pictures. Situated in the rich context of the Shetland places, wildlife, objects and people that have inspired Kate, each design in this book has its own engaging ‘colour story’ to tell.

Through the pages of this book, you will get a taste of the heritage that makes Shetland one of the world’s most knitterly destinations, and be inspired to knit with yarn that has a genuine connection to the landscape in which it is produced. Showcasing our Jamieson and Smith Jumper Weight, the flagship Shetland yarn with a marvellously varied palette, each project features the clear instructions and attention to detail that are hallmarks of Kate’s designs. Alongside ten original patterns that are a joy to make and wear, Colours of Shetland offers the hand-knitter food for thought and a feast for the eyes.

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Happit by Kate Davies

Kate Davies introduces you to five of her favourite wrap and hap designs. Exploring a range of different knitting techniques from simple lace to colourwork, each pattern has been carefully created with easy-to-follow directions (including charted and written instructions where relevant) and each design offers a characteristic combination of straightforward knitting together with stylish results. Accompanied by two essays by Kate, and stunning photography by Tom Barr, take your choice from the patterns on offer in this book and you are sure to be well happit.

Featuring: Ottar Hap; Funchal Moebius; A Hap for Harriet; Betty Mouat Cowl; Fantoosh.

Plus: The Remarkable Tale of Betty Mouat

Print book plus complimentary digital download. 

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The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia

Haapsalu, a small resort town on the west coast of Estonia, is famous for its 13th-century castle ruins, curative mud baths, and the legend of the White Lady. About the same amount of recognition has been brought to Haapsalu by its hand-knit lacy scarves and shawls. The skill has been handed down from mother to daughter, from one master knitter to another, for one and half centuries. This book has captured the secrets of the Haapsalu shawl and there is nothing left but hope that you will be encouraged to try out lace knitting.

 

A glorious, coffee-table size book of knitted lace, Estonia and a binding love between the two. Not a simple pattern book, and certainly not just a project book, but a time capsule into a far off world where the soul of a people is captured in the hands that guide the needles to create the indigenous patterns of a rich heritage. The photography capturing this world is rich and the drawings and charts make the techniques and the 100 plus patterns close to a hands-on learning experience.

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The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting with Hazel Tindall

Hazel Tindall has been knitting for over 50 years. In that time she’s developed an efficient technique which has gained her the title of ‘The World’s Fastest Knitter’.

This 3 Hour instructional video follows Hazel as she knits a seamless Fair Isle cardigan (Shetland Star) from start to finish.

Hazel shares knitting tips and techniques such as -
• Casting On • Working Knit Stitch • Working Purl Stitch • Using steeks • Knitting with 2 colours • Using a knitting belt • Grafting • Using a jumper board
& lots more

This is a DVD, not a book.

Please note we cannot guarantee the DVD will play in an international DVD player - the advice we have is:

This is the problem of the USA having a different TV system (NTSC) compared with Europe (PAL). Many (but not all) DVD players and TVs handle this without you knowing, but at times it doesn’t happen. As we understand it, there is no way of predicting which players will handle the difference and which will not. If in doubt, the download option (available from Hazel's website) will be a better choice.

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50 Tips from Shetland Knitters

Shetlanders Hazel Tindall and Elizabeth Johnston have been knitting for many years, using the efficient knitting techniques perfected by generations of Shetlanders. Hazel knits and designs mainly Fair Isle, while Elizabeth spins, dyes, weaves, designs and knits both lace and fair isle.

The 3.5 hour 2-disc DVD includes:

  • casting on
  • how to hold yarns and needles
  • working edge stitches, and making stitches from edges
  • increasing and decreasing
  • two colour knitting and how to catch floats
  • joining pieces, including grafting, seaming and simple 3 needle bind off
  • joing yarn in plain, lace and fair isle
  • reading charts
  • thumbs, pockets, heels, fingers, buttonholes, using beads
  • fixing mistakes
  • finishing

Please note we cannot guarantee the DVD will play in an international DVD player - the advice we have is:

This is the problem of the USA having a different TV system (NTSC) compared with Europe (PAL). Many (but not all) DVD players and TVs handle this without you knowing, but at times it doesn’t happen. As we understand it, there is no way of predicting which players will handle the difference and which will not. If in doubt, the download option (available from Hazel's website) will be a better choice.

 

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